Chapter 71 Blacker than Darkness
----Remains of Ponopolise----
Dawn held out her crossbow and focused her energy into it, “Blue ROSE!” she yelled out as the glowing blue blade appeared once again. Sweet Heart stood next to her and held out an open book which had started to glow bright white, “Seraphim Alicorns I call upon thee!” her voice echoed as the darkness in the skies started to part. Dawn looked up and she could have sworn she saw pure white Alicorns flying through the air at magnificent speeds, “they are clearin up the skies!” “Uhuh” Sweet Heart smiled and nodded. Dawn’s sword started to glow brighter and brighter, “woah…it’s like it’s getting magnified”, “give it a shot Dawn!” Sweet Heart cheered. Dawn saw an Omega clone coming towards her to which she quickly spun around and slashed with all her might. A bright blue blade of light cut right through the creature causing it to dissolve into thin air. The blade of light continued to travel in the line that Dawn had slashed, cutting any of the Omegas in the path. The bright light traveled further and further until it reached the other side of the city and exploded in a bright flash. Dawn stood there and looked at the sword, “huh… Ah guess Ah’d better watch my strength, trainin with Johnny might have boosted my physical strength a tad bit higher than Ah thought…”. Johnny landed beside the two, "gonna need ya two to get to the center... it's where we need most of our heavy hitters if ya'll know what Ah mean" he winked at Dawn as he lifted up the earth underneith the two. Dawn and Sweet Heart felt the ground underneith them being tossed, "Wahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!" Dawn cried out as they flew towards the center for Ponopolise.
Zen felt his body sink deeper into the muddy like dark substance that he was surrounded in now. He closed his eyes in fear at what was about to happen. The darkness of the Earth Fang was about to take over and he could not do anything about it. Mother Nature would die and it was HIS fault. Zen gritted his teeth in frustration, he could not keep his promise to the one he loved the most...
"No matter how dark things get, I will free you," "I know you will Zen".
"I know you will" the voice echoed in his head. Mother Nature's wonderus voice. Till now he had only felt what she had to communicate to him, but now he could hear her. His eyes grew wide in surprise, it was just like 'that' time.
A bright green glow had surrounded Medley, "thank you Medley!" Mother Nature's voice came from Medley's mouth, "we seemed to have reached him!" "Wow... Mother Nature... your spirit... it's a...amazing" Medley stuttered. Medley's hoof gently touched Zen's chest as Mother Nature called out to Zen once more. Medley had agreed to let Mother Nature use her body to speak with Zen.
The Earth Fang hissed in protest, "what is this?! Ugh that accursed light!" he yelled as he sheilded his eyes with his hooves. Zen gasped as he heard Mother Nature once again, "remember... that day we first talked? You were shaking and drenched in the rain. You had been crying and running for a long time, I wanted to comfort you so much..." "I ...commited a sin I could not be forgiven for... and worst of all, I hurt you" Zen gritted his teeth trying to hold back his tears. The Earth Fang roared as it tried to approach Zen but was blocked by a ray of green light. Chain like vines started to rise up from where the green light had shone and attacked the Earth Fang shackling his hooves to the ground. Mother Nature's voice responded softly, "you were betrayed... and since then you have fought for others trying to maintain balance and peace, you've also helped me in so many ways, Zen I forgave you that day I cradled you in my hooves". Zen's eyes opened wide to her kind words. ----Many years ago--- Zen had been running for some time now and the rain had only gotten heavier, "EERAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Zen screamed in agony, frustration and pain as he came to a willow tree near a forest east of White Tail woods. His legs gave way and he fell face first into a large puddle of mud under the tree. He turned over to his side and wiped the mud away from his eyes and gasped as he saw black chains tatooed along his right front hoof, "what have I done?" Zen asked as he looked up at the grey sky. The rain had started to slow. A gentle hoof softly brushed the side of his cheek. Zen gasped and looked around but saw no pony. He sighed and propped himself up against the base of the tree. A small ray of light had started to shine in through the clouds that had been raining before. Was it already morning? Did he run the entire night? Zen closed his eyes, maybe he could get a moments rest before he started moving. At the point he felt like he was going to drift off to sleep, he felt two hooves gently hug him from behind. Zen's eyes opened wide in surprise as he looked down to his middle which had two glowing hooves wrapped around him, "wh...who are you?" Zen asked. There was an odd comforting warmth about this embrace, it was as warm as the end of a summer's day. A soft yet beautiful voice spoke to him, "I... am the land, I am the air, I am the water and I am the warmth", "h..how can this be?" Zen tried to turn his head to look at the pony that was holding him and stopped and hung his head in shame, "if... if you are who you say you are, then please, please strike me down!" "Now why in the world would I do that?" the voice asked. Zen had tears in his eyes again, "I've broken the law of nature, I've ... I've hurt and defiled you Mother Nature!" Zen gritted his teeth and cried bitterly. One of her hooves lifted and for a moment Zen braced himself for a strike but instead, felt the hoof gently brush over the top of his mane. There was a soft fresh breeze that passed by the two of them, "it did hurt when that sword was swung yes... but I saw how much you suffered, and I know... I know how much you love..." there was a slight pause in her words, "don't cry Zen, I am alright" Mother Nature smiled as she closed her eyes and gently nuzzled against Zen. Mother Nature smiled, "I'll always be here with you no matter what". ----Present day---- Zen felt his body lighten from the sinking feeling he had earlier. He looked around and saw a bright light shining down on him. He held a hoof up and felt another's hold it, "time to... wake up Zen".
Horizon grinned as he took his sword and readied it, "are you ready, have you said your goodbyes?". Tiger Dusk glared at Horizon, "I'm not scared of you" "oh you should be...most stallions will break before me, hell, even alicorns" Horizon cackled. "Use the darkness Tiger Dusk!" a voice echoed in Tiger's mind, "the light cannot reach you here... I will protect you!". Tiger closed his eyes as the blade was thrusted towards him. Horizon smiled in satisfaction as the blade plunged deep into the body. His smile suddenly turned into a look of puzzlement as he watched Tiger's fur turn black; pure jet black. Horizon drew the sword out and stabbed again, "what ... is this? This darkness?!". Tiger's eyes re opened and they were a crimson red, "so sorry ya foolish foals, he ain't here, I knew something had slipped past the gate of Twilight, and now I'm glad I passed on my essance" Tiger's voice boomed. Horizon looked at the eyes and backed away, "the gate of Twilight?! HOW DO YOU KNOW OF THIS?! NO REGULAR PONY KNOWS OF THAT LAND EXCEPT THE SUPREMES!!". A laugh came from Tiger, "OH but I am a Supreme, children of Morganna! Don't think I didn't know about your little schemes, stealing the book of Darkness, opening the forbidden gate, and plaguing the land with your dirty little mirrors, I've seen it all in the shadows for 10000 years!" "WHO ARE YOU!?" Horizon had beads of sweat on his forehead, "HOW DO YOU KNOW MY MOTHER?!" "I'm the darkness itself, and you... you will not touch this child of Equestria" Tiger's body slowly sank through the prison's floor. Horizon gasped as he watched his prisoner escape.
----Throne room of Canterlot Castle----
Horizon gasped as he returned to his body, "...he knew about Gate, but who... he was not Tiger Dusk... his darkness... THAT darkness was not of Equestria... it was from our home, the Land of Twilight, but who? Not even my darkness could cut him! He must have read the book of Darkness! He must have studied the dark arts! In that case I'll destroy the physical body and be over with this!!!!!!!!" Horizon looked at the black statue of Tiger Dusk, "Raaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!" he roared at slashed his sword which bounced off as it touched the body, "WHAT?!" Horizon yelled in disbelief.
----An even Deeper Darkness----
Tiger Dusk felt his head throb, "ugh.... what the hay was that?" he groaned as he opened his eyes, which were trying to adjust. "Hey there kid," a figure of a tall stallion stood over Tiger. Tiger shook his head and looked up, this was no ordinary pony, it was an alicorn! "Woah...another alicorn? That's four now..." Tiger tried to stand up but felt dizzy. The alicorn chortled. Tiger examined the alicorn, pitch black fur, with crimson red eyes and mane that sparkled like midnight, "what... what happened? One moment I was about to be ... HORIZON!" Tiger looked around in shock, "easssy kid easy... where you are, he won't find ya" the alicorn said as he helped Tiger Dusk up, "I brought you here, you should be ok for now". Tiger looked at the alicorn and thanked him, "thank you very much... I thought my days were numbered there, can I get your name?" "Who me? haha... man no one's asked my name in a longggg time... they called me Jet Black" Jet grinned, "I guess you'll be wanting some answers huh?". Tiger nodded. Jet sighed, "well, long ago, in the land of Twilight under the moon, there existed a land of peace... between Alicorns of Light and Alicorns of Dark. There was a Queen, Helba, she ruled the gentle darkness, until her sister Morganna, whom had a great prejudice against the Alicorns of Light suddenly took the throne from her sister and started a great war between the Light and Dark. Nopony knew what had happened to Helba. I was just trying to get by at the time... my sisters and I, we were trying to lead a rebellion against this new darkness that didn't rub us the right way. I occasionally went hoof to hoof against the Wave of Destruction... you might know of one of them... considering your daughter has one living inside of her" Jet lifted a eyebrow to Tiger, "Skeith..." Tiger whispered, "indeed, when a pony joins the Wave of Destruction they lose their real name and adopt the name and title of what part of the wave they are, I too... was once Skeith, The Terror of Death. That does not matter right now though," Jet shook his head, "I... fell in love with a pony of the Light, this was taboo, we both knew it, Pure White and I. It was a small happiness for the both of us, until her uncle found out. My sisters and I were ambushed in a place where I was supposed to meet Pure. My sisters were murdered, in cold blood infront of me. I managed to save my sisters' souls by attaching them to two blank swords I had used to defend myself with at the time.It is there where I unleashed my unbridled darkness for the first time. The anger, the burning fury, the cold empty void... I'm sure you too have felt it" Jet looked at Tiger, who's mind was racing back to when Sol Lune was under Lunar's influence, he nodded. Jet continued with his story, "I raged and ravaged across the land of Twilight and remembered that there was one pony... who had left the land of Twilight to find peace in a land not touched by the war, the founder of Equestria, and the mother of Princess Celestia and Luna, Lady Faust. I too wanted to find this land, and live in peace. I found the gate... and I managed to open it with my pure physical strength... which was at it's pinical at the time, a strength that could move mountains was only barely able to open the gate's door a few inches. I went through and passed out cold in a grass feild. I woke up in a bright pink bed, which had pictures of cake slices on the covers," Jet laughed out loud at the memory, "needless to say I was quite surprised, there across from me were two bright eyed alicorn fillies, looking at me curiously, they had to be no older than 200 and 100 years. They were Celestia and Luna. They told me that their mother had gone away... and left them in charge of the development and care of Equestria. I was surprised such young fillies could handle this... and this was not all. In this land there was 2 celestial bodies known as the Sun and the Moon, we... did not have this in the land of Twilight. The concept of day and night intrigued me, and these two fillies were in charge of that. They asked me to stay, and that I did for a while, until one day there was a vistor at the door. It was Pure... the one whom I had thought that had betrayed me at the time. I thought she had lead her uncle to get rid of me and my sisters. We .. were angry at each other and for a time I did not think that we would ever be able to love each other again. Celestia and Luna though, would not allow us to be angry at each other for long though... those two, they were like family to us... sometimes it felt like they were wiser than us! Well... I got back together with Pure, and we lived together for a time, but something was still ebbing at the back of my mind, the war and how many ponies were suffering back in the land of Twilight. I talked to Pure about this and she agreed that we had to return, and take care of things, even though she was about to be a mother." Jet blushed at the memory and shook his head and continued "We wiped the memories of Celestia and Luna clean of us... we did not want the fillies to be touched by anything from the land of Twilight. We went through the gate once more using our combined magics. The longest days of our lives began after that... fight after fight, against the darkness and the light. Seraphs and the Wave comming after the both of us. They called us traitors. We fought till we could fight no more, and then we were captured by the Wave. It was there and then we were to be executed by Morganna. I had managed to break free of my bonds and deal a fatal blow to Morganna releasing the shroud on over the Wave's minds. It is then when we found Helba hidden in a chamber underneith the castle of Darkness, bound and sealed. We freed her. Pure and I ... we both knew regardless of what happened, punishment awaited us for the taboo. We were to be imprisoned for the rest of our days. It is there that I pleaded with both Helba and Helios that our soon to be born child were sent to Equestria. They both accepted. Night Shine was born, a bright orange pegasus pony with a shiny black mane" Jet smiled at a wide eyed Tiger, "she... went by another name, when she entered Equestria, for her real name was a name that belonged in the Land of Twilight. She was taken in by Celestia and Luna and well as for Pure and I... we've been in the land of Twilight ever since. Though the land of Twilight was rid of Morganna, something Vile still loomed through it. I had heard that Morganna had sons while Pure and I were away, Lunar Flare and Corona Blaze. I also found out that the Book of Darkness had gone missing along with the two. The guards had talked about how they had searched every bit of the land but could not find them and had been convinced that they must have travled through the forbidden gate. This is why I used my knowledge of the Dark magic and sent a part of my essance through to Equestria. My essance reached my daughter and gave her a way to defend Equestria from the incomming danger. The essance can always be known through the tell tale stripes across the muzzle" Jet pointed to Tiger's muzzle. Tiger sat back on his flank, a bit flabbergasted at what he had heard. Jet nodded at Tiger's reaction, "I know it's a lot to take in... but it's the truth", "so... I guess... that makes you my great grandfather?" Tiger asked brushing the back of his mane. Jet paused for a moment and started to laugh, "I guess so kid, I guess so, hmhm, well now that you are filled in, we gotta prepare you for the real battle that's ahead" "Real... battle?" Tiger asked. Jet looked at Tiger, "you all are trying to take Equestria back, no?" to which Tiger nodded, "I need to get back to my wife and my kid" "not... before you become stronger" Jet said as he held out a key and twisted it in mid air. The key sparkled for a moment before two sheathed swords appeared before Jet, "I want to see how strong you are, and we will go from there" Jet said as he grabbed the two swords. Tiger looked at Jet, "...I guess I don't have much else to do until I can get out of the statue". Tiger closed his eyes and let his armor appear, he unsheathed his large crystal sword. Jet mused at the weapon, "oh? a Crystal Sword, interesting... but it still... lacks something" Jet murmured as he drew both of his swords. One was glowing fresh green, while the other a firey red, "do not hold anything back, give it everything you've got.. my sword art is perfect, for I am a sword master" Jet said as he readied the two swords.